Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel
The Ahwahnee Hotel
Yosemite’s fabulous Arts and Crafts style lodge built in 1927. It is a premier example of National Park Service rustic architecture and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The hotel was built by two companies that were merged when the National Park Service began leasing concessions to a single concessionaire in 1925.
The distinctive china pattern adorning the dishes used to serve the guests at The Ahwahnee is a pattern is based on the logo created for the hotel by Jeannette Dyer-Spencer and used on the dishware since opening day in 1927. The dinnerware line was developed by Mary Curry Tresidder of the original park concession, Yosemite Park and Curry Company. The pattern incorporates The Ahwahnee’s logo based on a California Indian basket pattern known as “Three-Legged Indian” representing three earth elements: earth, rain and fire. In 1938 Buffalo China was purchased by Sterling China of Wellsville, Ohio. When Sterling China went out of business in 2004, Delaware North at Yosemite had the opportunity to purchase the original china molds and decals to ensure that reproductions of this historic pattern will continue to be manufactured.